Looking for a non cloud based backup solution
Question asked by Jim Ash - 5/16/2024 at 5:46 AM
We are looking for a backup solution for our SmarterMail server that has close to a TB of data to backup.  We are currently running Microsoft Storage Replica, but it seems to be breaking a mailbox from time to time.  Does someone out there have a better solution to backing up SmarterMail that will not break it?

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Matthew Titley Replied
If you are running SmarterMail via virtualization on a Hyper-V or VMware host then Veeam Backup is the hands-down best solution. For a physical server I'd choose Macrium Server for image based backup offering great "bare metal" restore options. Also, if you have or are considering a Synology NAS, it includes some good backup software options, too.
If you run it on VmWare clone it via a scheduled task every 24 hrs. Much better than Veeam and free.
mh Replied
We have used both Veeam and Synology's Active Backup. Both work excellent, Synology's is free if you have one of their NAS's.
If you want free, Veeam Agent is their free client software that can run at least on Windows machines. Not sure about linux as I haven't tried it, but the client works very well and will backup to whatever target you wish.
Kyle Kerst Replied
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+1 for Veeam. It's quick, easy, and works natively with Windows/Hyper-V!
Kyle Kerst System/Network Administrator SmarterTools Inc. (877) 357-6278 www.smartertools.com
Roger Replied
Veeam or Altaro VM Backup
It has many free solutions:
- Veeam Backup&Recovery Community Edition for Hyper-V/vmWare (and soon for ProxmoxVE) for a maximum of 10 VMs
- Veeam Agent free for Windows/Linux "bare metal" (even in a VM) single server solution

Nothing out there is better.
Gabriele Maoret - Head of SysAdmins at SERSIS Currently manages 6 SmarterMail installations (1 in the cloud for SERSIS which provides services to a few hundred third-party email domains + 5 on-premise for customers who prefer to have their mail server in-house)
TrueNAS - Open Source, does time based snapshots and can do full replication to other TrueNAS servers.

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Tan Replied
I am using Acronis Cyber Cloud and attaching it via a local backup storage target.

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